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New Visa Rules for Indonesia (60 days) ?

Posted by misscherie on 12/3/2010 at 00:38

Hi there,

I am hoping to spend 6 weeks in Indonesia in September and just read that there has been a sudden visa change for Indonesia

"(2/1/2010) In a dramatic change to the current immigration rules, starting on January 26, 2010, foreign tourists from countries eligible for "visa-on-arrival" will now be given a 30 day visa that can be renewed for an additional 30 days."

My question is, does anyone know how exactly this works? When you arrive in Indonesia, do you automatically get the 30 day visa on arrival, THEN have to apply at a later date for the next visa? Or can you get the 60 day visa straight away?

Any advice on visas for Indonesia would be much appreciated, thanks so much!

#1 misscherie has been a member since 22/1/2010. Posts: 6

Posted by misscherie on 12/3/2010 at 00:41

By the way, I know you can get the 60 day visa from your home country but I am not living in my home country and won't be there before Indonesia and was told I couldn't apply for it with the Indonesian Embassy in my home country (in NZ) unless I was there.

So just trying to figure out the best way to do it and if the 60 day visa is possible!

#2 misscherie has been a member since 22/1/2010. Posts: 6

Posted by boleslav on 30/3/2010 at 07:05

this is a note from Indonesian embassy in my country :


1 Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months as from the date of entry into Indonesia.
2 Visa Fee On Arrival : Visit up to 30 (thirty) days : US$ 25.00
3 VOA may be extended only one time for maximum 30 (thirty) days.
4 All types of passports.
5 Onward or return tickets are compulsory.
6 No compulsory vaccinations.
7 Visa on Arrival is not convertible or transferable to another type of visa.
8 Visitors must enter through the following airports and seaports in Indonesia.

There are 20 Airports and 18 seaports across Indonesia which have the VOA facilities:

1 Juanda in Surabaya (East Java)
2 Adi Sucipto in Yogyakarta (Central Java)
3 Adi Sumarmo in Surakarta (Central Java)
4 El Tari in Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara Province)
5 Halim Perdana Kusuma in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia)
6 Hassanudin in Makasar (South Sulawesi)
7 Ngurah Rai in Denpasar (Island of Bali)
8 Polonia in Medan (North Sumatera)
9 Sam Ratulangi in Manado (North Sulawesi)
10 Selaparang in Mataram (Lombok Island)
11 Sepinggan in Balikpapan (East Kalimantan)
12 Soekarno Hatta in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia)
13 Sultan Syarif Kasim II in Pekanbaru (Riau Province)
14 Minangkabau in Padang (West Sumatera)
15 Sultan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh
16 Hang Nadim, Batam
17 Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, Palembang (South Sumatera)
18 Husein Sastranegara, Bandung (West Java)
19 Ahmad Yani, Semarang (Central Java)
20 Supadio, Pontianak (West Kalimantan)

1 Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi and Bandar Sri Udana Lobam in Tanjung Uban, Bintan.
2 Belawan in Belawan (North Sumatera)
3 Benoa in Badung, Bali (Island of Bali)
4 Bitung in Bitung (North Sulawesi)
5 Jayapura in Jayapura (Irian Jaya)
6 Maumere in Maumere (East Nusa Tenggara)
7 Padang Bai in Karangasem, Bali (Island of Bali)
8 Pare-pare in Pare-pare (South Sulawesi)
9 Sekupang; Citra Tritunas (Harbour Bay); Nongsa, Marina Teluk Senimba and Batam Centre in Batam.
10 Sibolga in Sibolga (North Sumatra)
11 Soekarno-Hatta in Makassar (South Sulawesi)
12 Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang (Riau)
13 Tanjung Balai Karimun in Tanjung Balai Karimun (Riau)
14 Tanjung Mas in Semarang (Central Java)
15 Tanjung Priok in Jakarta (Capital of Indonesia)
16 Teluk Bayur in Padang (West Sumatra)
17 Tenau in Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara Province)
18 Yos Sudarso in Dumai (Riau Province, Sumatra)

Other place: Entikong, Entikong, West Kalimantan

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Posted by SBE on 7/4/2010 at 00:57

"By the way, I know you can get the 60 day visa from your home country but I am not living in my home country and won't be there before Indonesia and was told I couldn't apply for it with the Indonesian Embassy in my home country (in NZ) unless I was there."

I don't really understand that remark! Why can't you get a visa in the nearest Indonesian embassy to where you are now? I was born in the UK but I haven't lived there for decades. I usually get my 2 month Indonesian visas when I'm in Bangkok .... it's very easy and straightforward, takes 2-3 days.

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Posted by luce_uk on 7/4/2010 at 04:30

Thats definitely a good change!

So where would you go to extend your visa for an extra 30 days once in Indo?

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Posted by cheeco on 15/4/2010 at 09:34

Great info.

We are planning to head to Borneo Malaysia overland from the Indo side- so how can we provide an onward ticket for our Visa on Arrival in Bali? Will this be an issue at the airport?


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Posted by SBE on 15/4/2010 at 14:47

@cheeco. It shouldn't be a problem. In my experience they don't ask to see onward flight tickets for a 30 day VOA at an airport. You do need to show flight tickets for a 60 day visa however. You can only get a 60 day visa at an Indonesian consulate outside the country AFAIK.

I haven't tried to extend a 30 day VOA so I don't know what the requirements for that are. I imagine you'd have to go to Jakarta to do it when the VOA expires.

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Posted by bettylovesblogging on 20/5/2010 at 14:00

Talking to travellers on the road, it's a big pain extending the visa. it can take up to a week depending on what immigration office you go to, and during that time you can't really go anywhere :(

Hopefully the system will improve, because it is still new, but if you aren't in the country yet it might be better to arrange a 60 day visa at an Indonesian embassy before entering.

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Posted by mjgaylord on 21/5/2010 at 06:35

I can definitely recommend getting a 60 day visa from outside Indonesia. We got our visa in Cape Town, South Africa, and it was ready within 2 days with no queues or nonsense. Made the South African home affairs department look like a joke.

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Posted by rasi on 19/4/2012 at 19:56

I have extended my voa to a 60 day visa while I was in bali. It is very easy if you use an agent. You get your voa when you land and before it expires I went to bali mode agent (for example) it cost me 750, 000rp but they do it all for you and called me when it was ready for collection. I travelled through java while they were extending it in bali and picked it up when I got back to bali :)

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Posted by pPamela on 11/6/2012 at 03:08

If you are going to be spending 6 weeks in Indonesia then you are best to get a 60 day visa outside Indonesia.
You can get one in Bangkok, Penang, and Singapore for sure. KL is problematic and they issue depending on a whim with no explanation.

It is best to have the 60 days because otherwise you have to be constantly planning your trip around a visit to immigration and WHY give a whole lot of money to an agent when it is not necessary.

And another word of warning DO NOT TRAVEL around Indonesia without your passport as rasi in previous post indicated they did.
Travelling without your passport on your person is Illegal in Indonesia and you can gte into a whole lot of trouble.
An Indonesian jail is not the best place to spend part of your holiday.

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Posted by DutchHugo69 on 28/2/2016 at 03:54

If you are already in Southeast Asia and particular in Malaysia just go to Georgetown Penang. There is a Consulate General of Indonesia. You can apply for a 60 days visa even if you have no onward flight booked. Apply for the visa in the morning and pick it up the next day. Most westerners get it within 24 hours and it cost RM 190 (That's Malaysian dollars). There's even a Thai Consulate for those who want to stay longer in Thailand.

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Posted by YogaSearcherBali on 8/4/2016 at 11:40

if you apply visa from your original country of Indonesia Embassy you would 60 to 90 days right away, if you could explain why you would take more than 30 days. If you just flying and get VOA you would 30 days free visa, also you could pay extra money to asking about you would extend it your visa.

Both it work as long as you would explain to the officer you purpose trip for and when if make sense by the officer, they would help you or suggest you the way to get 60 days visa.

But all depend which country you are from, if you are from Europe, you are lucky and Good Luck on Your Side [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted by Digitarius on 15/3/2017 at 15:44

Update, VOA are now $35 USD at all airports in Jakarta and Bali and most likely in all of Indonesia.

#14 Digitarius has been a member since 15/6/2016. Posts: 20

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/3/2017 at 19:46 admin

Hi Digitarius,

You're saying the free VOAs are nixed? Do you have a news source for that please?


#15 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,093

Posted by TheCyclingCanadian on 25/8/2017 at 02:48

I know this is an older thread, but I don't think it is true that the free 30-day VOA is gone. I recently arrived at the airport in Medan, and I got the free one. I had the choice between the extendable 30-day VOA for $35 US or the free 30-day VOA (non-extendable).

I think the confusion stems from the fact that if you go to the big "VISA" desk in the airport, they will automatically give you the $35 extendable VOA. That's what that desk is for. If you just want the 30-day free VOA, you don't have to go to that desk. You just go straight to the lineup leading to immigration with everyone else.

In my case, the immigration officer asked me how long I planned on staying and he asked to see my flight out of the country. Then he stamped my passport with a tiny stamp that said I was allowed to stay for 30 days. No problems at all.

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